Most retail grocery, pharmacy and convenience stores carry a variety of Advil® PM products. Please check our “Buy Now” page on this website to locate a store near you that carries our products. You may also find online stores that carry the products on this page as well.
Like any drug you become dependent on, Advil® PM can cause addiction problems. While the drug itself is not considered to be "addictive", the associations people can form with the drug and its results can create a dependency.
All medicines can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome: Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, throat, and nose; excitability; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain or upset; thickening of mucus in nose or throat.
For more than 30 years, extensive consumer use and numerous clinical studies have shown that, ibuprofen, the pain reliever in Advil® PM, and diphenhydramine, the sleep aid in Advil® PM, are both safe and effective when used as directed.
Please refer to the full product labeling for additional safety information related to Advil® PM.
Ibuprofen is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that has been relieving pain for quite a while. In fact, the first clinical trials of ibuprofen began in February 1966 and over 30 years of clinical studies prove that ibuprofen, the pain reliever in Advil® PM, is effective on pain.
NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of chemical compounds that often are chemically unrelated but share therapeutic actions such as analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (fever-reducing) effects. Ibuprofen is just one drug in the NSAID class.
Diphenhydramine Citrate is a gentle, non-habit forming sleep aid that helps you get a full night’s sleep. It has been used for over 50 years, and has had a long history of safe and effective use when used as directed.
Each Advil® PM caplet contains 200 mg of ibuprofen and 38 mg of diphenhydramine citrate. This patented bi-layer formula not only reduces your pain, it shortens the time it takes to fall asleep and increases the duration of your sleep.
The active ingredients in Advil PM® include ibuprofen, an NSAID, and diphenhydramine, a gentle, non-habit forming sleep-aid. The active ingredients in Aleve PM® include naproxen, also an NSAID, and diphenhydramine. Both of these medications include a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief in addition to a sleep aid. The difference between these products is the active ingredient (the NSAID), which determines the dosing in the product.
Advil PM® has a pain reliever, ibuprofen, in addition to a gentle, non-habit forming sleep aid, diphenhydramine. ZzzQuil® is a sleep-aid that helps with occasional sleeplessness but has no pain reliever in it to help relieve the aches and pains that may keep you up at night.
Both of these medications include the same active ingredients but are conveniently provided in two different forms. Advil PM® caplets are a solid dose form with ibuprofen 200 mg and diphenhydramine citrate 38 mg per tablet. Advil PM® Liqui-gels are liquid-filled capsules with ibuprofen 200 mg and
diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25 mg per capsule. The amount of diphenhydramine base (active ingredient) is the same in both dose forms.
Yes, you may take Advil® during the day and Advil PM® at night. However, since both products contain 200 mg of ibuprofen, a total daily dose (24 hours) of 1200 mg should not be exceeded when both products are combined. Advil PM® also contains diphenhydramine and a maximum daily dose (24 hours) of 50 mg should not be exceeded. Please refer to your healthcare provider for medical advice.